All About Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)


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Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is It is a set of rules, and techniques that are used to modify behavior for self-improvement, self-management, and interpersonal communication more effectively, based on some assumptions about how language, eye, and body movements affect brain nerve functions, which is a method.

To change a person’s ideas to help him achieve specific results desired for him, NLP has become widespread since its beginnings in the seventies, as it is used in the treatment of phobia or phobia, and anxiety disorders, in addition to being used to improve personal happiness.


How Did NLP Appear?

The science of NLP has emerged from Richard Bandler who noticed that traditional psychotherapy does not always produce the desired results, and he thus sought to find alternative methods.

He worked with Virginia Satir, a therapeutic expert, and the science of NLP was born from the use of effective techniques that had positive results for patients.

Richard Bandler then wrote several books dealing with the topic of NLP, perhaps the most famous of them is titled: "How to Control Your Life: A User's Guide to NLP" and in English: "How to Take Charge of Your Life: The User's Guide to NLP" where you participate Co-authored by Alessio Roberti and Owen Fitzpatrick.


What Is The Principle Of NLP?

NLP starts from the point that one of us may not be able to control his life, however, we can control what goes on in our minds.

According to this science, your thoughts and emotions are not things that you possess, but rather actions and behaviors you take, and the reasons behind these actions may be complex and stem from criticisms you hear from your family and teachers or the beliefs and opinions you were educated on.

Or events and experiences passed by.

Through NLP, you can control these beliefs and their impact on your thoughts and behaviors. Where you can use different techniques such as visualization, for example, to change the way you think or your feelings towards painful events in the past, and you can also through the techniques of NLP to overcome fears and different types of phobia.

NLP is based on a set of principles known to us that this science uses in a different way to achieve the desired positive effect. These principles include the following -

  • The Power Of Belief: Never underestimate the power of your faith. If someone is firmly believing that he is sick and about to die, then he will most likely have what he believes in. This technique has been used for centuries by doctors. Likewise, if this patient believes that he has had an effective medication to cure him, he will often recover. This phenomenon is known scientifically as a "placebo effect" and it is a clinically proven phenomenon and is used in many medical conditions.
  • Setting Goals: We all know the importance of setting goals and working to achieve them, where the science of NLP presents some interesting new visions, focusing on the goal-setting process on achieving satisfaction rather than feeling dissatisfied. To better understand this, here's an example: When you set goals for you, it will always be better to make them positive goals by focusing on what you want to achieve rather than thinking about what you don't want to happen. Instead of saying, "I don't want to eat fast food anymore," it is better to say: "I want my food to be healthier". The two sentences indeed have the same meaning, but focusing on the second sentence will bring you better results.
  • The Power Of Questions: Richard Bandler stresses that our minds are constantly searching for answers to various questions around us. So, the right questions that contribute to pushing us forward must be asked rather than pulled back. Let's take an example: For example, if you ask yourself: "Why do I feel so bad now?" You will find that your mind began to search for answers to this question, evoking the various types of negative and frustrating thoughts that may come to your mind, making you worse off. On the other hand, if you ask yourself questions such as: Why do I want to change my condition? How will things be if I can change my status? What can I do to feel better?

The Effectiveness Of NLP

There are many research and studies that differed about the effectiveness of NLP since NLP is not subject to the same level of scientific accuracy that other treatments have undergone, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, however, a study published in the Journal of Counseling and Psychological Research has shown that treatment patients Psychological psychological symptoms and quality of life have improved after the use of NLP compared to the group that was monitored, and in 2014 AD the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health report found no clinical evidence about the effectiveness of NLP in treating PTSD, depression, and 

Despite this, another research review in 2015 found that NLP therapy has a positive effect on individuals with social or psychological problems, and many have suggested that more confirmation and verification of this matter are still needed.



- Written by Ahmed Mohamed (EMN Community Member From Egypt)

- Edited by Mridul Goyal (EMN Community Member From New Delhi, India)

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